I just read this nonsensical rant by Tracy "Where Am I" Ringolsby over at FoxSports.com.
Apparently there is no respect for the game among players, and A-Rod is simply the extreme manifestation of this phenomenon. Among the examples of A-Rod disrespecting "the game" was A-Rod's receipt of payments from Tom Hicks, owner of the Rangers. A-Rod's failure to void his contract in order to facilitate Tom Hicks's fulfilling of other, non-related (to A-Rod) financial obligations to Hicks's other employees, was a slap in the face to the game, and a blatant example of A-Rod's selfishness. If that makes sense to you, please get back on your meds.
Of course, he also mentioned A-Rod's recent mound-crossing controversy as a clear sign of A-Rod's manifest disrespect of baseball and others. An act Ringolsby's Sports Illustrated counterpart, Joe Posnanski, admits to having never heard was a violation of any unwritten rule in his long baseball career. But clearly, A-Rod hates baseball and everyone who plays, watches, or has ever heard of the game.
Then, Ringolsby, who apparently must live in the 'Real America' I always here so much about but seems to be accessible only via flux capaciter, cites the fact that opposing players talk to each other before games as a sign that no one respects baseball anymore. It could be that, or just the fact that it's not 1968 anymore. Maybe for his next column Ringolsby can write about how no current major leaguer served in 'Nam, showing not only a disrespect for the game, but this great nation of ours.
As long as I've been watching baseball, opposing players have talked to each other. When was the last time this was really an issue? Probably the same time it was last fashionably acceptable to wear a cowboy hat when not cast in a John Wayne movie. Judging from Ringolsby's picture (top of the column), he never got that memo. Perhaps Ringolsby should keep his opinions where his values are, far far in the past.